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ok, i’m working through my europe pictures and will be presenting them in 3 installments – the installments will be my favorite pic’s from a given place (i took over 400 pics in total; don’t want to bore you by posting all of them – i already forced cb to see them all… i can’t imagine how painful that was for him.

the first installment (today’s) is all about the big show (aka, the reason i was in berlin to begin with).

#1 – things sound so much better in french.

#2 – goodie bag’s for the attendees.

#3 – cool as shit light bulb.  the theater was swimming with these things…. they were all about 12-15″ long with a single filament running through them.  i loved these bulbs.

#4 – my job on this show was stage manager.  next to my post backstage was a mirror ball.  how can you not love a mirror ball.  they rock.  i call this “self portrait with mirror ball“.

#5 – this may very well be my favorite pic from the entire show, and keep in mind this is still in rehearsals.  the finale for one of the acts was to have his models come out in black under a boat-load of white netting/fabric (they were wearing black sheath dresses) and then they were illuminated with black light.  it was incredible and otherworldly.  they had these kick ass wigs on too that you only saw at the very end of the segment.  i love the movement in this pic.

#6 – i call this one “charlie’s angels shadows“.  you should of seen it when they were in full hair/wardrobe (hey, what can i say – i have more free time to take pictures during rehearsals).

#7 – ok, i’m completely in love with this woman.  seriously – i think i would switch teams to be with her.  she had the most kick-ass walk i’ve ever seen.  and the boots – the boots were amazing (ok, maybe i really am too gay if i noticed the boots… i have a pic of them somewhere).  she was just so damn sexy walking down the catwalk.

#7a – ok, here are the boots.  rock on!

#8 – rehearsing the men’s hairdressing segment.  ummm… can we say “gun show”?  i had the pleasure of having this guy change clothes down to black bikini briefs right next to me.  ummm… i need a moment.

#9 – for obvious reasons.

#10 – ok, now were on show day… i like the look of this pic, tho’ i wish the one girl wasn’t wearing a sweater.  it was pretty cold backstage tho’.

#11 – obvious reasons pt 2.  they just got done “spritzing” the boys to give them that “just worked out” look that’s so popular.  by the way, they were wearing shorty athletic shorts too.  double drool.  i love my fucking job!

#12 – this is the same girl as the above (the one with the boots).  great do, no?  pure sex.  behind the girl you’ll see someone with white and black face paint – that’s one of the girls that’s pictured in the above charlie’s angels shadow shot.

#13 – bringing the afro back baby.  and trust me this chick (all 6’2″ of her) was working the fuck out of this hair.  nice.

#13a – here’s another shot of her

hello there.

i haven’t forgotten about you.  this has been a helluva week already.

for the record, i don’t actually suffer dramatically from jet lag.  until now.  this last trip has completely kicked my ass.  i’m completely not capable of focusing.  on anything for more than about 23 seconds.  it’s pissing me off.  the jet lag is acting out with a complete inability to sleep past 5 am no matter what time i go to bed.

on top of that, had a bit of trouble in the personal life (short story; i’m back on the market.  i may post the longer story someday.  or not.  net/net; if anyone knows a single guy who likes beefy, hairy, tattooed guys who are nuts about pop culture and music send ’em my way), and a bit of a mini health issue (no worries, all will be better by friday) and it means i haven’t had time to blog (or the where-with-all to actually put thought to keyboard.

so, as i finish culling through all of my berlin/prague pics to show all of ya’ll – here’s a lil’ precursor…  i call it the men of eastern europe.

these are some of the guys who caused me to stop in my tracks, or drool, or – ahem, other things, at one point or another during my trip.

none of them look as hot here as they were in person.

first up – sleeping beauty.  he shared my cabin for part of the journey from berlin to prague.  you can’t tell here, but he was hung.  massively.  🙂

next up, prague tram boy.  oh my god woof.  hot guy, great hair.  nice body – killer eyes.  yum:

next, – and this picture so does not do him justice – waiter boy.  he served me the beer that accompanied the meal referenced here.  he had a great face and a killer butt.  mmmm.

hat boy is up next.  i’m pretty sure he was a local praguian (?!), he was on one of the trams i road quite a bit.  of course, you can’t see his czech smoldering good looks in this pic – you’ll just have to trust me.  i knew it was going to be a good trip whenever he was on my tram.

i’m pretty sure this next guy is my destiny.  and again, you can’t tell – but sexy as fuck.  woof.  i even think he was cruising me a lil’ (tho, i never really can tell).  lots of furtive glances.  he and i shared 3 subway transfers one afternoon – culminating with the one that brought us closest to my hotel.  alas, he didn’t get off at my stop.  :-(.  if you read this – subway man.  email me.  we have a very bright future together.

ok, this may be cheating – but the palace guard… i’m pretty sure he wanted me too.  see that glint in his eye?  that was for me.  i’m convinced if he didn’t have that pesky czech military service thing going on, he would have jumped me right there in his lil’ guard shack.  (fun fact, his uniform?  it was designed by the guy who did the costume design for the movie amadaus).

i’m way to tired to come up with anything interesting other than to let the world know that i’m back in minneapolis after two weeks abroad (i sound so worldly don’t i?) and a ten and a half hour flight (‘s really, berlin -> amsterdam and amsterdam -> minneapolis).

so while i fight off the sandman’s efforts (for fucksake, it’s 1:51am in berlin) let me just state for the record here and now it should be a law punishable by castration (for the males of the species) and continual forced viewings of all dolph lundgran films back to back (for the females) that you must wear deodorant whilst in a plane.

mmmm i love the smell of napalm in the morning

to add to that – i would like everyone in the czech republic and germany to also have forced deodorant applications each morning.  i swear there’s an aversion to pit guard in those two fair countries.

ugg.

full post tomorrow.

cheers.

berlin – whirlwind.

show ended yesterday (monday) – was a smashing sucess (albeit a logistical fuck-show in a number of ways, but the audience didn’t see any of the chaos which is all that matters. thank god it’s over. i have a very tiny charity fashion show in dc at the end of april and then that’s it to our mega show in september in minneapolis. it will be good to get home for a few months.

did the yellow bus tour of berlin today – there are some great things about this city, but it just hasn’t grabbed me… ton’s of pics to share when i get home. right now i’m typing in a wine/beer induced fog and it’s almost 1am. time to pack as i leve for prague tomorrow.

i fried my power cord/adaptor (fucking european electrical-current) so i have very little juice, so not much of an update until i’m back in minneapolis on sunday or monday.

send me good vibes/karma as i’m really excited to get to prague.

in the meantime, here’s a shot of me in front of checkpoint charlie earlier today

me @ checkpoint charlie.:

cheers.

just a quickie update as i’m sitting in the hotel lounge enjoying a adult beverage made from hops and malt before going out for dinner and am easily distracted by all the hunky berliner men walking around.

today was load in day (audio/visual, props, equipment etc. brought into the theater) and it went very well, a little too easily i think (tomorrow will be a bear [pun intended]).

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front door to the admiralspalast theater where we are doing the show.

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our production company loading into the theater – that big white thing?  that’s a 12’x16′ screen we use to project video/camera images

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view from outside one of the buildings that makes up the theater complex

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my lunch of salted meat, sausage, fried egg, fried potatoes and sauerkraut – mmmm… tasty as fuck.

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arty-photo of the day – wardrobe.

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howdy from berlin. arrived here at 9am today (thursday) – left minneapolis at 3:10pm on wednesday. long day. today is my acclimation day (even tho’ i went in the office for a few hours) so it’s been all about killing time and staying awake as long as possible to counter the jet lag.

bummed around the ku’dam district a bit – had a killer döner for lunch and then sized up the kadewe shopping center to see what the hype was all about – survey says; boring. just like every other over-priced shopping center around (i’m talking about you harrods). on the plus side tho’ they did offer single serving pickles in a can which is too funny not to love.

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thin slicing the chicken for the tasty tasty döner

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other than that, the only other thing i really saw today was the kaiser wiliam church.  this building is amazing and i must research it some more.

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now i’m going to finish my very tasty beer and hit the hay.

 

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